I stumbled across this article, which appears to show that Texas is not all hang-em high in their approach to dealing with criminals. What appealed to me about Ms Nagy's new system was that it was evidence based. At last-someone who applies a logical and systematic approach to social work! Between the recent legal aid report (the Dame Margaret Bazley Report) and the law Commission, we have a dire need for reform based on research and properly analysed evidence. I have been pretty skeptical about much work done by probation officers in New Zealand, based on probation reports which ranged from the superficial to the unrealisitic. The best are thoughtful and helpful, but too many rely on templates which result in a mechanical summary based on a manual. I intend sending a copy of this article to Corrections Minister Judith Collins.